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Top 10 Classic Hits About Life, Liberty, & The Freedom Of Being An American

Independence Day (or the Fourth of July) is one of the most revered holidays in the United States because it memorializes the day the U.S. declared independence from Great Britain by adopting the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

We celebrate this monumental day by joining together as a nation and expressing our patriotism through parades, barbecues, and fireworks.

To aid in the festivities, we’ve created a list of the Top Ten Songs About Freedom & Lovin’ The American Life.

10. “America”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Simon & Garfunkel[/lastfm]

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Simon & Garfunkel’s iconic song about living an American life is a huge reminder of all the small things we take for granted in the land of the free and the home and the brave:

Kathy, I’m lost,” I said, though I knew she was sleeping/”I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why”/Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike/They’ve all come to look for America/All come to look for America/All come to look for America

9. “American Tune”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul Simon[/lastfm]

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Paul Simon’s beautiful song about the experience of being an American during the Vietnam War and the Nixon Administration both celebrates life as an American and talks with slight resignation about things like hard work.

8. “Little Miss America”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beach Boys[/lastfm]

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Listening to any Beach Boys song makes us want to go on a “Surfing Safari” around the United States of America. As long as they croon to us that we are their “Little Miss America.”

7. “American Pie”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Don Mclean[/lastfm]

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Don Mclean’s song “American Pie” has been covered and re-done by many musicians, but Mclean is the one to thank for the mysterious, yet evocative lyrics about the state of America during that time.

6. “Back In The USA”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chuck Berry[/lastfm]

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Chuck Berry’s bouncy song about being so grateful to be “Back In The USA,” shares many similar traits to one of his most popular songs, “Roll Over Beethoven,” but we don’t care: It’s our American right to dance!

5. “Freedom”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm]

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Sir Paul McCartney might be British, but freedom is a universal thing and surely something he can appreciate about the American life.

4. “This Is My Country”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions[/lastfm]

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R&B and soul singer, Curtis Mayfield, expressed his country pride well when he joined up with the Impressions.

3. “An American Trilogy”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Presley[/lastfm]

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Elvis Presley was an American icon with his tall, dark, and handsome good looks and his Southern drawl. If anyone encapsulates the true meaning of America in the ’50s and ’60s, it’s the Hound Dog.

2. “Only In America”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay & The Americans[/lastfm]

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While some deem this super patriotic classic hit as cheesy, we adore the way this popular ’60s pop group talks about all the reasons why they love being an American.

1. “Freedom”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Isley Brothers[/lastfm]

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Every time we hear this song, we want to groove. Thank you, United States of America, for letting us groove to the Isley Brothers:

Freedom, this is what I call freedom/Well, I wanna say, I wanna tell you/I wanna say when you can do what you wanna do/And go where you wanna go/And live where you wanna live/And love who you wanna love/And be what you wanna be/Join what you wanna join/Well, well, well, that’s freedom/Yeah, yeah, freedom, yes sir

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